Winter Sports Photography

Park Photography - Boxes and Rails

Focus and Framing

When shooting park its not just about the trick the rider is doing but the feature they are on is just as important. A good photo will make the feature and the rider look good.

Rider: Andrew Jay Trick: Backside Tailslide Settings: Nikon D3 70-200mm at 75mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/1000.

The photo above displays a clever use of focus, your attention is drawn to the action (the rider) and the background also helps to compose this photo as a plain low clutter background.


Depending on the conditions will depend on how you want to shoot the picture. For a day like the above shot was taken, you would not want to shoot against the sky as it was snowing heavily so the sky would have been pure white/grey and really uninteresting.

Had it been sunny day with blue sky you would want to try and get both the sky and the sun in the shot as is demostrated in the photo below.

Rider: Andrew Jay Trick: Front Blunt Settings: Nikon D3s 16mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/2000.

The above photo is of a similar feature but on a sunny blue bird day in this case it was shot from another angle. In this photo the feature is seen taking up a third of the shot but it doesn’t take away from the action or the draw to the rider, making the photo pleasing to the eye. The background here is that blue bird sky we love, and really helps to make this photo pop.


One thing you’ll see in these photos is that are all shot low to the ground helping to make the rider, trick and even the feature more appealing and more interesting.

You’ll notice the same idea in these photos below:


Rider: Becky “BeXx” Menday Trick: Backside Nose slide Settings: Nikon D3s 70-200mm at 200mm, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/1000.


Rider: Andrew Jay Trick: Backside Nose slide Settings: Nikon D3s 70-200mm at 170mm, ISO 200, f4.5, 1/2000.

Next time we will look at shooting Jumps now have fun and go shoot :)

All Images Copyright 2014 Andrew Jay Taken at Big White Ski Resort and Lake Louise